I think the 2013 Block B will end up being the best vintage of this cuvee to date. Always from block 13 in the Paderewski Vineyard (which got changed to block B due to the poor handwriting of yours truly years ago) and all Syrah, the 2013 was fermented with 48% whole clusters in a mix of stainless steel, oak barrels and clay amphora. It then spent 17 months in 49% new French oak, 39% neutral barrels and 12% in amphora. The darkest colored wine in the lineup, this blockbuster delivers pedal to the metal notes of black fruits, scorched earth, crushed rock and graphite. A big, full-bodied Syrah, it's still impeccably balanced, has plenty of structure and incredible purity. It's not for those looking for lightweight aromas and flavors, and will drink beautifully for a decade. Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini is making the most of her new winery on York Mountain, and her 2013s and 2014s are up with the creme de la creme of the vintage. In addition to the new releases, I was also able to do a small retrospective of her Tempranillo. (JD)
*Editors' Choice* This wine from Jordan Fiorentini is a stunning study in how to achieve extreme richness with elegance. Deep black cherry, violet, espresso, milk chocolate and vanilla pastry show on the nose. On the palate, chalky, soft tannins bring forth baked blueberry, star anise and clove flavors, with floral tones and acidic lift on the finish.
Opaque purple. Potent, mineral-laced dark berry liqueur and floral pastille aromas complicated by suggestions of licorice and incense. Sweet, penetrating and pure, offering palate-staining boysenberry, cherry-vanilla and violet pastille flavors that display a compelling blend of power and finesse. The floral and cherry notes drive a strikingly long, seamless, penetrating finish that shows just a suggestion of fine-grained tannins. Winemaker Jordan Fiorentini and her associate winemaker, Peter Turrone, told me that one of the big surprises here is how well the white wines have aged. "Most people don’t associate Paso Robles with white wine in the first place," Fiorentini said, "much less with white wines that can age." History has proven the age-worthiness of wines from the northern Rhône, of course, but those from the southern Rhône, where the climate often resembles that of the Paso Robles region, have a checkered history for rewarding patience. Fiorentini said that the cold nights are a huge factor in preserving acidity in the wines "and give them backbone, which applies to both whites and reds." (AG)
Smoky pepper and floral huckleberry aromas open to bold but balanced and complex flavors of dark chocolate, blackberry and licorice that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2027. 449 cases made. (Web Only, 2017)
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